Revolutionary War I-Spy Hands-On Activity







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Posted on Jun 7 2015 - 3:00pm by Jill
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I spy…with my little eye…something educational and fun! Learning about the American Revolutionary War is not always fun for every child. Making it a fun subject can be a challenge, so why not try this fun Revolutionary War I-Spy hands-on activity!

Try this easy and creative hands-on learning idea when teaching about the Revolutionary War. Just because your child is older does not mean that their need for hands-on learning has gone away. Give your sensory seeking child a surprise in your next history lesson!

Making hard, dull, or boring subjects fun for your children and students can be the key to a successful lesson. One way that has been successful for me is to make hands-on activities. This led me to my new Revolutionary War themed I-Spy. This activity is easy to make, has very few components, and can be used more than once if I want to spread the lessons out over multiple days too.

What do I need to make my own I-Spy?

In order to make your very own Revolutionary War I-Spy hands-on learning activity you will need the following materials:

  • Clear Bottle (I used an emptied and cleaned coffee creamer bottle)
  • Red, White, and Blue Colored Rice (see link for recipe below)
  • Revolutionary War Toys, Trinkets, Clues, etc. (this plastic toy set is what I had on hand.)

Patriotic Colored Rice

The first step is to make your red, white, and blue colored rice. There are a lot of ways to do this, but my personally favorite is a super easy recipe by Powerful Mothering. I was amazed at how easy it is to make the colored rice with only rice and food coloring.

Try this easy and creative hands-on learning idea when teaching about the Revolutionary War. Just because your child is older does not mean that their need for hands-on learning has gone away. Give your sensory seeking child a surprise in your next history lesson!

Once the colored rice is dry, this I-Spy hand-on activity is very easy to make. Simply place the Revolutionary War toys, trinkets, clues, etc. into the clear bottle with enough red, white, and blue rice to cover the items. Just make sure to leave enough room for the contents to move around a little when the bottle is lightly shaken.

How do I use my I-Spy?

To use your Revolutionary War I-Spy have your children lightly shake their bottle. Then, have your child let you know what they see. Depending on your child’s learning skills level, you can have them either write down what they see and how it applies to the Revolutionary War or orally tell you what they see and why if they are more of an auditory and oral learner. You can make this hands-on learning activity as easy or hard as you wish or need it to be so that it is challenging enough for your child or students.

You can even vary the questions and items used so that you can ask questions like:

  • Tell me a story about an item you see.
  • What role did this soldier play in the war?
  • What country did this soldier come from originally?
  • What equipment did this solider have? Why?
  • What belief did this solider have about the war he was fighting?
  • What was life like in the army of this solider?

The possibilities are almost endless with what your child or students can see.

Would you like some suggestions for Revolutionary War themed books and storybooks to use with the Revolutionary War I-spy? Then why not try one of these:

So, what did you spy with your little Revolutionary War eye?

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  • Emma Craig

    I love history so this one is right up my alley! Definitely keeping this one in mind for when my daughter is a bit older.

  • Karen Bell

    Great way of bringing learning to life.
    Thanks for linking #Letkidsbekids